Detectives are linking the deaths of three elderly men whose bodies were found within 24 hours in Exeter. Devon and Cornwall police said a man has been arrested in connection with the incidents and the deaths were being treated as suspicious. The bodies of three men were discovered in two properties in Exeter and the…
Detectives are linking the deaths of three elderly men whose bodies were found within 24 hours in Exeter.
Devon and Cornwall police saida man has been arrested in connection with the incidentsand the deaths were being treated as suspicious.
The bodies of three men were discovered in two properties in Exeter and the investigations have been formally linked.
Police were called at about 3pm on Monday 11 February to an address in Bonhay Road after the body of a man was discovered within. The man, aged 80, was confirmed deceased at the scene. Police are tracing his next of kin.
At 1pm on Tuesday 12 February, police were called to a property in Cowick Lane after the bodies of two men, aged 84, were located at the address. They were both confirmed deceased at the scene. Their next of kin have been informed.
On Tuesday 12 February, police arrested a 27-year-old man on suspicion of murder. He remains in police custody.
Supt Matt Lawler, the local policing commander for Exeter, East and Mid Devon, said on Wednesday: “I know that this news will cause significant and understandable concern and is an unprecedented event in our city which has shocked us all. I know that everyone’s immediate thoughts will be with the family and friends of these gentlemen, and as you would expect, we are providing as much support as we can to them.
“The investigation is being led by our major crime investigation team, supported by local detectives, forensic staff, family liaison officers and an extensive range of other specialists who have been working around the clock since Monday afternoon.
“Residents in the area of both Bonhay Road and Cowick Lane will continue to see police cordons today as we continue vital work. The local neighbourhood team will be out on foot over the next few days in order to provide advice, support and to answer questions.
“While a man has been arrested on suspicion of murder in relation to these incidents, we must keep an open mind and avoid speculation as we are still in the very early stages of what is already a complex investigation.
“We have therefore issued an appeal for information from the public and for any potential witnesses who were in either area during specific times. It is vital that anyone who has any information shares it with us as soon as possible.”
Anyone who was in the area of Bonhay Road and Cowick Lane between 8am on Sunday 10 February and 1pm on Tuesday 12 February and may have seen anything relevant is asked to contact police on 101 quoting log 472 11 February.